Youngblood Wins Chucky Mullins Courage Award
April 9, 2016
OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss handed out its annual spring football awards Saturday, headlined by senior defensive end John Youngblood being named the 2016 Chucky Mullins Courage Award winner.
"This is a great honor," Youngblood said. "I'm a little numb right now and I know my teammates were also worthy of this honor. I'm humbled and honored to be wearing Chucky's number."
Former Chucky Mullins Courage Award recipients are Chris Mitchell, Jeff Carter, Trea Southerland, Johnny Dixon, Alundis Brice, Michael Lowery, Derek Jones, Nate Wayne, Gary Thigpen, Ronnie Heard, Anthony Magee, Kevin Thomas, Lanier Goethie, Jamil Northcutt, Eric Oliver, Kelvin Robinson, Patrick Willis, Jeremy Garrett, Jamarca Sanford, Marcus Tillman, Kentrell Lockett, Deterrian Shackelford (twice), Jason Jones, Mike Marry and Mike Hilton.
The Rebel coaching staff handed out a number of other awards during the morning festivities, as listed below.
The Eli Manning Award - Van Jefferson
Presented to the most improved offensive football player based on spring practice performance in the area of spirit, leadership, hustle, determination and dependability.
Presented to the most improved defensive football player based on spring practice performance in the areas of spirit, leadership, hustle, determination and dependability.
This award is presented annually to the upperclassman lineman who, in the opinion of his coaches, has demonstrated extraordinary courage and unusual compassion in his dedication to his team and to Ole Miss.
Park Stevens Memorial Scholarship - Cale Luke
This award is presented annually to the top walk-on of the spring.
Presented to a graduating senior athlete. Qualifications are dedication, scholastic ability, morale and performance.
This award is a portrait awarded in recognition of a graduating senior football player for his leadership qualities both on and off the field.
Established in 1974 by Jerry Clower to honor Carl Walters, a veteran Mississippi sportswriter. A plaque will be awarded to an outstanding graduating senior Ole Miss football player as selected by the coaching staff and a scholarship will be awarded in the name of the player selected.
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